Progress of a self taught cabinet maker #6: Another Reason to hate finished handles.

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 05-08-2011 04:02 AM 1895 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I needed a new handle for my hewing hatchet, I have way too many projects right now to build one so I broke down and shelled out the 6 bucks for one. I always sand off the finish on my handles so I can just apply oil, the tool just feels better that way. It removes the bugs too.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 04:45 AM

The thing I hate is looking through all on display to find one that the grain runs the right way so it wont break the first time you use it! The manufacturers just don’t give a good gosh darn!!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#2 posted 05-08-2011 01:50 PM

Leave that bug on there please. He’s a wood working fly. He committed suicide just to be sure he’s always near wood working. Please, for the love of all that is holy, don’t take away his only dying wish. Let him stay near the wood working.
Seriously though folks. Just when I think I’ve seen it all….................


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#3 posted 05-08-2011 03:52 PM

Maybe it’s like when they built the great wall of China, now we know that this is a good hammer handle.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 05-08-2011 11:37 PM

A man of my heart! I also love the oil finish on tools.
And that picture made me laugh too thank you.
Now you are working for…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Damien Pollet

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#5 posted 05-09-2011 12:00 AM

Haha, being a computer scientist, it’s always nice to find new ways to debug stuff :)

…makes me think I have these glossy handles on my plane, but my card scraper is not sharp and it’s midnight… hmm… sounds like a trap :)

Nearly one hour later…

Argh. A trap indeed :D Know and tote partially sanded, will need some more time to do all the concave curvy bits properly. I’m not sure what the wood is but it’s going to look and feel great under a coat of tung oil…

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#6 posted 05-09-2011 01:29 AM

Glad I got some people going.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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